“It’s good to be home,” were the words of Mick Jagger as he stood, resplendent in a sparkly silver space jacket, on stage at the London Stadium last night (May 22).
It’s been a long five years since The Rolling Stones played live in London — and an even longer 11 years since they did a full UK tour. But when you’re the world’s oldest rock and roll band, a paltry decade isn’t going to cause too many problems. In fact, just nine miles across town in Soho stands the remnants of the once-legendary Marquee Club, where Mick, Keith & Co. played their first ever gig in 1962. Now, 56 years on and still going strong, they’re having more fun than ever.
Opening up with call-to-arms rocker ‘Street Fighting Man’, the band stuck to a tried-and-tested setlist stuffed with classic bangers from down the years. Noticeably lacking in ballads — ‘Fool To Cry’ and ‘Slipping Away’ were the only true slowies to feature — there were few rarities for the mega fan to geek out about. But even though it was a well-known performance from the band, the support act combo was brand new. MORE